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On the 7th and 9th July, the semi-final and grand final of ‘L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija’ took place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, hosted on stage by Sean Buhagiar and supported off stage by comedic theatrics of Wayne Flask, and Gilbert Camilleri, not to mention the tidbit interviews conducted by Josephine Ebejer Grech prior to each entry, with the lyricists.

The evening was a true celebration of our national language, through the medium of song, noting that special guests included none other than: Kantilena, the second runners-up of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2012 who have recently published their debut album; John Bundy, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 1995 with “Pajjiż tal-Miki Maws”, a song written by Martin Attard and Ecca Muscat, winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2015 with “Ġismi”, a song written by Matthew and Mark Pellicano.

A professional jury heard the songs on multiple occasions, before given the chance to listen and view each competing entry live on stage, and at the end of the evening, the results were as follows;

Best Teenage Talent: Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk” – Jurgen Xerri (Paul Ellul, Glen Vella)

Best Singer/Songwriter: Corazon Mizzi for “X’Se Jsir?

Best Social Theme: Paul Ellul for “Ta’ Billejl

Best Interpretation: Il-Biża’ u Jien” – Nadine Fenech (Rita Pace, Pamela Bezzina)

Third Place:Mellisni” – Mikaela Bajada (Joe Chircop, Mark Spiteri Lucas)

Second Place: Ta’ Billejl” – Neville Refalo (Paul Ellul, Mark Spiteri Lucas)

First Place: X’Se Jsir?” – Corazon (Corazon Mizzi)

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as the 18 participants, for making it through from 144 submissions. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the local music scene.

Source: L-Għanja tal-Poplu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo-NyapxhGc

On the 7th July, a truly hot summer’s evening, 18 credible performers took to the stage of Pjazza Teatru Rjal as participants of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”. This year, under a different light and perspective was the fact that 17 of the 18 songs were accompanied by the PBS Orchestra under the direction of Mro Joe Brown and the co-ordination of Mro Paul Abela.

The result was exceptional, and here’s to hoping that the festival will continue to grow in the same manner in the years to come. The participants knew that at the end of the evening, their fate rested completely on the weight of five professional jury members, who aim was to reduce the field by 6. Their selection was made, and 12 acts have now been chosen to compete in the final.

01. Ta’ Billejl (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Neville Refalo

02. Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk (Glen Vella / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri

03. Is-Sinjur (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Cherylis

04. Ħabta u Sabta (Mark Scicluna / Andy Muscat) - Andy Muscat

05. Mellisni (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Mikaela Bajada

06. Pupa tal-Plastik (Marco Debono / Paul Ellul) - Domenique

07. Il-Biża u Jien (Pamela Bezzina / Rita Pace) - Nadine Fenech

08. Ngħidlek (Miriam Christine / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Miriam Christine

09. Id-Dieher (Augusto Cardinali) - Neville Refalo u Graziana Axisa

10. X’Se Jsir (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon

11. Jien Biss (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Dorcas Debono

12. Xagħar Twil (Mark Laurence Zammit / Ingrid Vella) - Denise Spiteri

Hosted by Sean Buhagiar, and supported off stage by the comedic theatrics of Wayne Flask and Gilbert Camilleri, the evening was organized to extreme professionalism, even incorporating the special guests into the thematic use of Maltese, noting that the Gozitan band ‘The Travellers’ were on hand to provide the public with some of their original work. 

Be sure to tune into TVM this Saturday 9th July for the grand final of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija”. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene as soon as it becomes available. We would like to wish all of the acts a very Good Luck!

Source: Press Release, Ghanjafest.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TKuo8RHnSI

In 2 weeks, 40th edition of “L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija” will be taking place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, featuring a total of 12 participants, those chosen by a professional panel of judges from the semi-final stage which is slated for Thursday 7th July. Those who made it thus far are already winners, noting that they managed to make it to the shortlist from 144 submissions, a record number.

What’s different about the local music competition this year is that the participating songwriters and artists were given the opportunity to perform alongside the Orchestra of the National Broadcaster, led by Mro Joe Brown and Mro Paul Abela.

It is worth noting that every participant was also given equal airtime on local television, with a coordinated promotional schedule to ensure that the messages of the songs are not only heard on the actual festival nights, but also directly from the artists prior to the showcase.

The running order for the semi-final on the 7th July is as follows: 

01. Ta’ Billejl (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - Neville Refalo

02. Ma Ninsiex (Augusto Cardinali / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Deborah Dalli

03. Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk (Glen Vella / Paul Ellul) - Jurgen Xerri

04. Is-Sinjur (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Cherylis

05. Ħanini (Walter Micallef) - Walter Micallef

06. Ħabta u Sabta (Mark Scicluna / Andy Muscat) - Andy Muscat

07. Mellisni (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Joe Chircop) - Mikaela Bajada

08. Tama (Dj Mac, David Legeusse / Shyli / Jasmar / Kapitlu 13) - Shyli, Jasmar ft Kapitlu 13

09. Pupa tal-Plastik (Marco Debono / Paul Ellul) - Domenique

10. Il-Biża u Jien (Pamela Bezzina / Rita Pace) - Nadine Fenech

11. Ngħidlek (Miriam Christine / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Miriam Christine

12. Id-Dieher (Augusto Cardinali) - Neville Refalo u Graziana Axisa

13. Bħal Tifla Żgħira (Marco Debono / Rita Pace) - Maria Cassar

14. Taptipa fuq l-Ispallejn (Pamela Bezzina / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Michela Dalli

15. X’Se Jsir (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon

16. Jien Biss (Dominic Cini / Joe Julian Farrugia) - Dorcas Debono

17. Xagħar Twil (Mark Laurence Zammit / Ingrid Vella) - Denise Spiteri

18. Waħdi Miegħek (Kaya / Ingrid Vella) - Graziella Vella

L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be held on two evenings, both of which will be transmit LIVE on Television Malta (TVM). The last winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was “Ġismi”, written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano, with vocals provided by Ecca whilst the last winner of the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was “Hawn Mill-Ġdid”, written by Paul Abela & Joe Julian Farrugia with vocals provided by Olivia Lewis. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4v0dPFgrFM

In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, the song-titles and the songwriters of the 18 songs chosen through to the semi-final have been made public. This year's edition of the music competition is being organised  under the auspices of Spazzju Kreattiv, the Public Broadcasting Services, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018.

The professional jury for this phase of the competition was comprised of: Adrian Mamo, David Azzopardi, Martina Caruana, Miriam Cassar, Noel D’Anastas and Vince Fabri. The semi-final phase of the competition is set for the 7th July where all the 18 participating entries will be interpreted #live with the PBS orchestra. Out of these, 12 will then be chosen to compete on the 9th July during the final.

Bħal Tifla Żgħira” (Rita Pace / Marco Debono) – Maria Cassar

Ħabta u Sabta” (Andy Muscat / Mark Scicluna) – Andy Muscat

Ħallejt Il-Passi Wrajk” (Paul Ellul / Glen Vella) - Jurgen Xerri

Ħanini” (Walter Micallef) – Walter Micallef

Id-Dieher” (Augusto Cardinali) – Neville Refalo & Graziana Axisa

Il-Biża u Jien” (Rita Pace / Pamela Bezzina) - Nadine Fenech

Is-Sinjur” (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Mark Scicluna) – Cherylis

Jien Biss” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Dominic Cini) – Dorcas Debono

Ma Ninsiex” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Augusto Cardinali) - Deborah Dalli

Mellisni” (Joe Chircop / Mark Spiteri Lucas) - Mikaela Bajada

Ngħidlek” (Joe Julian Farrugia / Miriam Christine) - Miriam Christine

Pupa tal-Plastik” (Paul Ellul / Marco Debono) - Domenique

Ta’ Billlejl” (Paul Ellul / Mark Spiteri Lucas) – Neville Refalo

Tama” (Shyli / Jasmar / Kapitlu 13 / DJ Mac / David Leguesse) – Shyli and Jasmar ft. Kapitlu 13

Taptipa fuq l-Ispallejn” (Emil Calleja Bayliss / Pamela Bezzina) – Michela Dalli

Waħdi Miegħek” (Ingrid Vella / Kaya) – Graziella Vella

Xagħar Twil” (Ingrid Vella / Mark Laurence Zammit) – Denise Spiteri

X’Se Jsir?” (Corazon Mizzi) - Corazon

L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be a coordinated effort, with the support of the PBS Orchestra, led by Mro Paul Abela and Mro Joe Brown. The last winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was “Ġismi”, written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano, with vocals provided by Ecca whilst the last winner of the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was “Hawn Mill-Ġdid”, written by Paul Abela & Joe Julian Farrugia with vocals provided by Olivia Lewis. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4v0dPFgrFM

In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, it has been made public that 40 songs have been shortlisted out of 144 submissions that were received at the Youth Travel Circle (YTC) on Tuesday 19th April. This year's edition of the music competition is being organised  under the auspices of Spazzju Kreattiv, the Public Broadcasting Services, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018.

During the course of the weekend, kicking off on Friday 22nd April, a professional panel of judges set forth to listen to all of the submissions, commenting that the songs were of an extremely high level, as has been the case in recent years. From the 40 shortlisted songs, 18 will get through to the first phase of the final, set for the 7th July, and then eventually the second phase of the final, set for the 9th July.

Anġlu tas-Skiet

Bħal Tifla Żgħira

Bit-Tikketta

Dak Li Nisma’

Dellu Tqil

Eku Mill-Belt

Għanja Miċħuda

Għanjiet

Ħabta u Sabta

Ħallejt il-Passi Wrajk

Ħanini

Hemm Futur

Ħsibijiet

Id-Dieher

Il-Biża’ u Jien

Illum

Is-Sinjur

It-Tifel tal-Ktieb

Jien Biss

Kantali Waħda

Kelma li Ma Ngħidx

Kuraġġ

Le Ma Nerġax

L-Għadu Tiegħi

Ma Ninsiex

Mellisni

Ngħidlek

Normali

Ottimista

Paġna Ġdida

Pupa tal-Plastik

Ta’ Billejl

Tama

Taptipa Fuq L-Ispallejn

Tibqa’ Anġlu

Tibża’ Xejn

Tiegħek

Waħdi Miegħek

Xagħar Twil

X’Se Jsir?

L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be a coordinated effort, with the support of the PBS Orchestra, led by Mro Paul Abela and Mro Joe Brown. The last winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was “Ġismi”, written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano, with vocals provided by Ecca whilst the last winner of the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was “Hawn Mill-Ġdid”, written by Paul Abela & Joe Julian Farrugia with vocals provided by Olivia Lewis. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Għanja tal-Poplu - Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4v0dPFgrFM

In a Press Release issued by the organising committee of L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, it has been made public that 144 submissions were received on Tuesday 19th April at the Youth Travel Circle (YTC) in Merchant Street, Valletta. This is a record number of original songs for the ever-growing festival which is being organised under the auspices of Spazzju Kreattiv, the Public Broadcasting Services, Pjazza Teatru Rjal and Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018.

As of Friday 22nd April, the first phase of the judging will commence, with a panel of expert judges whittling down to the songs by the end of the weekend, and leaving a shortlist of potential candidates, from which a second panel of expert judges will then select the 18 qualifiers. It is expected that the names of the songs through to the final phase of the competition will be made public by the end of April, hence in a weeks’ time. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4v0dPFgrFM

L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be a coordinated effort, with the support of the PBS Orchestra, led by Mro Paul Abela and Mro Joe Brown. The last winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu was “Ġismi”, written by Mark & Matthew Pellicano, with vocals provided by Ecca whilst the last winner of the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija was “Hawn Mill-Ġdid”, written by Paul Abela & Joe Julian Farrugia with vocals provided by Olivia Lewis. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgUgQvUbJHY

The 40th edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, will be undergoing a radical change, as it will be merging with the Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija, with the support of the Creative Space, The Malta Council for the Arts, and the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS). The aim of this re-branding is to ensure that the local music scene, and most particularly, the Maltese language flourishes further.

Those who will be lucky to make it to the final shortlist will have the opportunity to be accompanied on stage by the Public Broadcasting Services Orchestra, which made it’s official debut a couple of months back, under the leadership of Maestro Joe Brown, and Maestro Paul Abela.

Each submission, not longer than 3 minutes and a half, will be received at the L-Għanja tal-Poplu Offices at 227, Merchant Street in Valletta, against a payment of €30 on the 19th April 2016. The committee will also give 2 complimentary tickets to the artist who submits a song. Following in the footsteps of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu – Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija will be staged at ‘Pjazza Teatru Rjal’ in Valletta.

It is also worth noting that another innovative change is that the event will be organised on two evenings, on the 7th and the 9th July. The idea is to have a semi-final and a final, as opposed to just a one-nighter event. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook or Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: għanjafest.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jWJcDNIxWo

Ira Losco, and the original song “Chameleon” which she co-wrote with Howard Keith, Peter Borg and Matthew James Borg, collectively known as Talkback, was crowned the winner of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, receiving the maximum 12 points from three (3) of the five (5) professional judges, and the tele-voting.

Brooke, and “Golden”, the original song which she co-wrote with Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert, and Christian Schneider finished in 2nd place, ahead of Franklin with “Little Love”, composed by Cyprian Cassar with lyrics by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca which finished in 3rd place. 

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) for putting on an impressive production in light of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, whilst thanking them for their ongoing hospitality towards the local and foreign members of the press.

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Ira Losco and her journey towards the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden.

Source: PBS / TVM / escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch4EmoGu_RQ

Following the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, where 19 artists and 20 entries were presented, 14 entries made the final cut, all of which will be presented in a brand new running order later on this evening, during the grand final, hosted by Ben Camille.

The entries were chosen by a five-member professional jury comprising of; Nick Clark-Lowes, Vyara Ankova, Sabrija Vulic, Luke Fisher, and Quinton Scerri, with the public vote acting as another juror. Below, you may find the running order of this evenings' proceedings. Preceding the show, on Television Malta (TVM), all the acts will be welcomed on the Red Carpet with hosts Daniel Chircop and Rodney Gauci. 

01. "All Around the World" - Deborah C (M Ker - J Gladnikoff - Michael J Down - P Poglajen - Angie Laus)

02. "Little Love" - Franklin (Cyprian Cassar / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

03. "Under the Sun" - Daniel Testa (Elton Zarb - Daniel Testa / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

04. "Golden" - Brooke (Christian Schneider - Aidan O'Connor - Sara Biglert - Brooke Borg)

05. "Flashing Lights" - Raquel (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

06. "Kingdom" - Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

07. "Falling Glass" - Corazon (Sara Ljunggren - Jonas Gladnikoff - Gorgi)

08. "Fire Burn" - Dominic (Natasha Turner - Jonas Gladnikoff - Will Taylor)

09. "The Flame" - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

10. "Alive" - Jasmine Abela (Paul Abela - Michael James Down - Marie Petersson - Filip Lindfors)

11. "You're Beautiful" - Lawrence Gray (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

12. "Young Love" - Maxine Pace (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

13. "Chameleon" - Ira Losco (Ira Losco / Talkback)

14. "Lighthouse" - Kim (Cyprian Cassar / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. On behalf of the whole editorial team, we would like to wish all the acts the very best of luck, and may the best entry triumph and represent Malta well.

Source: PBS / TVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4FMB_iVoe4

The Public Broadcasting Services has just released the running order of the semi-final of the 2016 Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place on the 22nd January at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.

Hosted by Ben Camille, the show will feature 20 original entries, sung by 19 participants, all vying to represent the Mediterranean country of Malta in the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Stockholm, Sweden.

01. "Chameleon" - Ira Losco (Ira Losco / Talkback)

02. "Falling Glass" - Corazon (Sara Ljunggren - Jonas Gladnikoff - Gorgi)

03. "Light Up My Life" - Stefan Galea (Ylva Persson / Linda Persson)

04. "Empty Hearted" - Domenique (Linda Persson - Ylva Persson - Dimitri Stassos)

05. "I Love You" - Dario (Henric Pierroff / Sandra Nordstrom)

06. "Under the Sun" - Daniel Testa (Elton Zarb - Daniel Testa / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

07. "The Flame" - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

08. "Alive" - Jasmine Abela (Paul Abela - Michael James Down - Marie Petersson - Filip Lindfors)

09. "Flashing Lights" - Raquel (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

10. "Golden" - Brooke (Christian Schneider - Aidan O'Connor - Sara Biglert - Brooke Borg)

11. "Lighthouse" - Kim (Cyprian Cassar / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

12. "Right Here With You" - Sarah Crystal (Toby Farrugia - Pamela Bezzina / Sarah Crystal)

13. "Frontline" - Danica (Philip Vella / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

14. "Kingdom" - Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

15. "Little Love" - Franklin (Cyprian Cassar / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

16. "Fire Burn" - Dominic (Natasha Turner - Jonas Gladnikoff - Will Taylor)

17. "That's Why I Love You" - Ira Losco (Ira Losco - Howard Keith - Stefan Moessle - Matthias Strasser)

18. "You're Beautiful" - Lawrence Gray (Paul Giordimaina / Fleur Balzan)

19. "Young Love" - Maxine Pace (Elton Zarb / Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca)

20. "All Around the World" - Deborah C (M Ker - J Gladnikoff - Michael J Down - P Poglajen - Angie Laus)

All the above acts will get the opportunity to perform LIVE in front of a professional panel of judges, and the general public who will be applauding from the venue, and at home. Together, they will select 14 artists, those who stand a very good chance of representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. 

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: PBS / TVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaJxu3vorLc